Five Eyes nations discuss ways to strengthen defence partnership

24 June 2020 (Last Updated June 24th, 2020 15:05)

A virtual conference was held by the Five Eyes nations to discuss ways to strengthen defence partnership.

Five Eyes nations discuss ways to strengthen defence partnership
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A virtual conference was held by the Five Eyes nations to discuss ways to strengthen defence partnership.

Five Eyes is an alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US. Defence ministers of the mentioned nations participated in the video conference.

The partner nations aim to support and defend a stable, rules-based global order. They also talked about commitment to advance defence and security cooperation on matters of mutual interest.

Additionally, the group discussed the role of Indo-Pacific area for a secure, economically resilient community respecting the sovereign rights of all states.

New opportunities to further strengthen the alliance relationship, hold regular meetings to address existing and emerging security challenges, as well as international rules and regulations were discussed.

Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said: “Strengthening Australia’s defence relationships is one of my top priorities, which is why I have maintained a high tempo of international engagement during Covid-19.

“To date, I have conducted over 25 virtual calls with key international counterparts.

“I convened today’s meeting to discuss ways that we can further strengthen our Five Eyes defence partnership in an increasingly complex and challenging geostrategic environment.

“I am pleased that we have agreed to meet regularly to continue these productive discussions.”

In July last year, UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, hosted a two-day summit of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance in London.

The countries discussed key security concerns from emerging threats, cybersecurity, encryption and the ‘illegitimate’ use of the internet.